Freelance writer/ PR, no fixed address, one cat and a passion for words, travel, food and wine
Published September 4th 2011
Like I needed another excuse to yearn for life in New York City? And as often as the news reminds me that the US is not in a good place (economically) as a country, this movie was probably one of the best PR jobs since Sex and the City.
Add to the mix, a very buff Justin Timberlake and the gorgeous Mila Kunis and I found myself enjoying Friends With Benefits more than I expected or should openly and publicly admit.
Jamie (Mila) lures Dylan (Justin) from L.A. to New York to take the job as Art Director of GQ Magazine, and therefore introduces him to New York City - the 'real' New York City, as well as the more traditional and tourist version of course.
Both characters are quite jaded when it comes to relationships, and as they become friends they engage in a number of sarcastic conversations about love. But they are secretly both romantics, providing just the right balance between hope and disillusionment.
From the opening scene, where Jamie (Mila) is climbing all over the airport baggage carousel, through to the overly chatty bedroom scenes and the pants off lunch scene - there was something both funny and incredibly endearing about this whole movie.
I did raise my eyebrow a little at the inclusion of two flash mob incidents. This may be a first for the film industry but a bunch of strangers coming together in one place to perform a choreographed dance is by no means innovative, or specifically New York.
But hey, I laughed and I cried, and then I laughed some more. But most importantly I want to go back to New York ASAP.
If you enjoyed No Strings Attached starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman and think this film is pretty much the same, rest assured. Although the idea is very similar the finished product is different and you will love this film.
thanks maria :) your reviews make me wanna watch movies i would not otherwise even think of watching. whether they are good or bad reviews..whats with that??! good job. Id normally turn my nose up at these sorts of movies judging them for being too commerical, typical and 'hollywood'...maybe i need to lighten up and go have a laugh too. :) x
By Anonymous Monday, 5th of September @ 10:15 pm
haha thanks Anonymous! I'd like to think it's my exceptional writing or story telling skills that lure you towards watching dodgy films ;P I'll make more of an effort to see something more thought provoking in the coming weeks for you :)
By Maria Ferreira - senior reviewer Tuesday, 6th of September @ 01:05 pm
I was really pleasantly suprised by this movie. I was dragged unwillingly by the girlfriend into the movie but it was not actually that bad. The best thing I have seen Timberlake do in a movie ever and Mila was likeable as always. Great review, you hit the nail on the head with the New York statement